Jul 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Public Policy-Ethics, Certificate

Colleges  > Hobby School of Public Affairs  > Public Policy-Ethics, Certificate

While earning their Public Policy and Ethics certificate, students will study diverse value perspectives that inform different public policy issues, assess the strengths and weaknesses of these different value perspectives in diverse policy domains, learn to identify the value trade-offs that invariably underlie public policy decisions, and gain a better understanding of the ethical challenges and responsibilities associated with policy research, leadership, and organization behavior.

Admission Requirements

The application process for the graduate certificates is similar to the MPP and completed entirely online via ApplyWeb (https://www.applyweb.com/uhouston/index.ftl).

Applicants must complete a UH Graduate School application and provide official transcripts of all college-level coursework with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, current resume, and a statement of purpose.

The GRE is not required when applying for admission to the graduate certificate programs.

The graduate certificate programs have a $25 application fee.

Certificate Requirements

Credit hours required for this certificate: 12.0

Non-MPP Degree Student Course Options

Students who are not MPP degree students may also take (but are not required to take) one of the following Hobby School introductory policy courses for credit toward their certificate:

Elective Courses

Students who do not take POLC 6311 or POLC 6313 must take two other ethics-related classes. Students who take POLC 6311 or POLC 6313 for certificate credit need only take one other ethics­ related class. 

Academic Policies

In addition to the specific courses that are listed, students can petition the Hobby School to include other courses. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and will require the consent of the Hobby School Director of Graduate Studies and the applicable department where the course is offered.

The graduate certificate will only be awarded to students with a 3.0 or higher GPA for classes taken towards completion of the program.

Students that complete the graduate certificate can also apply to the MPP program. If accepted into the MPP program, these courses will then be counted towards the MPP.